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Dawn & I @ George Paton Gallery




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Upcoming Exhibition


A ‘cloth-art’ exhibition featuring the artwork of Tal Fitzpatrick alongside
the artwork of her grandmother Dawn Fitzpatrick

Exhibition dates: Wednesday 31 August – Friday 9 September
Closing Event/Artist Talk:  5pm-7pm Friday 9 September     

Dawn Fitzpatrick, Magnolia (1989) | Tal Fitzpatrick, Chinese Urns/White blossoms (2016)
Both works are appliqué quilted hangings, 11mmx110mm, images courtesy of the artists

‘DAWN & I’ is an exhibition that, for the first time ever, places the artwork of Tal Fitzpatrick side-by-side with the artwork of her paternal grandmother Dawn Fitzpatrick. The exhibition explores the relationship between these two artists, unpacking how techniques, ideas, experiences and memories can be captured and communicated across generations. While at the same time reflecting on the significant differences in the social, political and cultural conditions that shaped the experiences of these artists.

In the early 1970s Dawn Fitzpatrick coined the term ‘cloth-art’ to describe her unique approach of using textiles to create bold large scale figurative wall hangings. For the next 25 years Dawn continued to make work by combining the techniques of appliqué quilting with drawing, painting and silk screen printing. Over the course of her career Dawn exhibited both locally and internationally, and her works are held in several major public collections including at the NSW Parliament House, Sydney, Old Parliament House Museum, Canberra and The Bush Museum, Texas. Dawn published one book titled Folk Art Appliqué Quilts (1990) and to this day, at the age of 94, she continues to draw every day.

Tal Fitzpatrick took up creating artwork using Dawn’s ‘cloth art’ style in 2014 as part of her practice-led PhD research into craftivism and the political moment. Tal’s approach incorporates Dawn’s techniques with the strategies of socially-engaged-art and craftivism in an exploration of this mediums potential to work as a form of activism and advocacy. To date she has undertaken projects in partnership with community groups and NGO’s to create artworks such as the ‘PM Please’ project which involved hand-stitching 121 messages to the newly appointed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull onto a wagga quilt and giving it to him as a gift, and the IWDA Fifty Fifty project which involved giving away 50 appliqué portraits to the first 50 people who donated $50 or more to the International Women’s Development Agency.


As part of this exhibition Tal will be setting up her sewing studio in the gallery, creating new work in situ for the duration of the exhibition. Gallery audiences are invited to engage with Tal as she works – either by contributing a drawing that Tal will incorporate into the work or by getting hands on and learning how to make an appliqué bird with Tal’s guidance.

Tal will be giving a free artist talk as part of the closing event on Friday 9th of September which will include a demonstration of her process and Q&A session. Audiences at the closing event will also be treated to very special reading by Autumn Royal who will mark the closing of Hannah Gartside’s exhibition Felt and Held in the entrance gallery.


Second floor, Union House, University of Melbourne GALLERY HOURS: 11am-5pm Monday to Friday | T: 8344 5418 E: | W:

This exhibition has been supported by the Creative Arts Department and the University of Melbourne Student Union.

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Recent Book Publication

I’m very proud to announce that I authored the ‘Community Disaster Resilience’ chapter in the recently published textbook Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response, Second Edition by Bruce W. Clements & Julie Casani 


disasters-and-public-healthIn writing this chapter I looked to synthesise the available information on the importance of community resilience to disaster preparedness, prevention and response. As well as push current thinking around how community disaster resilience building can best be integrated into the core-business of governments and emergency management agencies.

I have written several other publications and online articles about the subject of community disaster resilience, which you can find alongside videos and documentation from my time with Volunteering Qld as the project coordinator of the Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project. Below are some links you can follow if you want to know more…


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IWDA ‘Fifty Fifty Project’ Exhibition Update

After two months squirrelling away in the studio I have now completed all 50 textile portraits of the 50 people who took part in my IWDA #fiftyfiftyproject by donating $50 or more directly to the International Women’s Development Agency.

Thought this project, thanks to the generosity of all those who participated, we raised $2,790 for IWDA! These much needed funds will go directly towards supporting IWDA’s work improving the rights of women across the Asia Pacific region.

Before I mail all 50 portraits off as a gift to the participants who donated to IWDA as part of this project, I will have a one-night-only showing of all 50 portraits. This exhibition, which will happen on Friday 11 March between 6pm-8pm, is being proudly hosted by Igniting Change at their office space on Carlisle Street, Balaclava. A representative from IWDA will be attending the event and will share with us in more detail some of the work of IWDA. If you’re in Melbourne and would like to attend please see the invitation below for more details.

I look forward to seeing you there!  However, if you can’t make it you can still see all 50 portraits as well as images from the night on my Instagram and Twitter accounts – @talfitzpatrick




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IWDA 50/50 Project 

The “50/50″project is a participatory art project that looks to both highlight the importance of gender equality and support practical projects that advance women’s human rights across the Asia Pacific region by encouraging people to donate to International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA). 

This project involves making 50 portraits of the first 50 people who donate $50 or more to IWDA as part of the IWDA “50/50” Project. When all 50 portraits are completed and documented I will mail these portraits to the donors who participated in the project as a gift to say thank you for caring about gender equality and for supporting IWDA.

100% of the donations made to IWDA as part of this project go directly towards supporting the work of IWDA.
Tal Fitzpatrick is donating both her time and her own resources to complete this project. IWDA will bare no project costs whatsoever.  

To get involved in this project and have a cloth portrait of your face mailed to you as a gift from the artist follow these simple steps:

1) Make your donation directly to IWDA and forward your copy of the confirmation you are sent to me:

2) I will then email you with further information and ask you to provide her with a photo of the face you want crafted and your mailing address. You will also be asked to sign a consent form, as both I and IWDA would like to use images of the portraits throughout various mediumsand publications, including on social media.

3) Once I have your photo and signed forms I will then make you a portrait of your face in cloth and at the end of the project I will mail all 50 portraits to the donors who took part in the project. The portraits will also be photographed and used in an exhibition once the project has been completed.

4) Get in quick – Only the first 50 people to donate will get a portrait of them as a gift 🙂

Here are some of the portraits I have completed so far…

IWDA is the leading Australian agency entirely focussed on women’s rights and gender equality in the Asia Pacific region. IWDA’s vision is for a world where every woman and man, girl and boy has equal rights and opportunities. IWDA is international, feminist and independent. It stands up for women and girls by tackling issues of power, money and security by partnering with others in the Asia Pacific region to advance women’s human rights. Visit:

This project is part of a series of socially-engaged art projects that are part of my practice-led PhD research into ‘Craftivism and the Political Moment’. This is a research project that looks to investigate the impact of using craft and socially engaged art as strategies for activism and advocacy. For more information about my research please get in touch with me via email (details below).

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. Participants of this project will be required to consent to the image of their face and the image of the textile portrait created of them to be used and shared publicly by Tal Fitzpatrick and IWDA.

For more information please contact: Tal Fitzpatrick – or Marta Jasinska at IWDA –


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Artist In Residence project with Igniting Change

This month I’m working on an exciting project with a Melbourne based charity called Igniting Change. The project involves making a quilt for the organisation that celebrates their unique approach to driving social change while in residence at their office.  

You can read all about the project on the Igniting Change Blog:

About Igniting Change: 

We are a purposely small organisation that’s passionate about sparking big, positive change with people doing it tough in our communities. We are moved by the humanity and courage of the people we are privileged to work with. We listen, we remain open-minded, we uncover what’s hidden from everyday eyes, we’re guided by the people who experience the issues, we connect unlikely experts to create new thinking and above all we strive to give a voice to people experiencing injustice and inequality. Solid governance and independent funding enable us to take risks when backing outstanding individuals and to make cutting-edge investments that have a real chance of catalysing social change. We call this ‘igniting change’ and we love what we do. – 


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